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DC KinCare Alliance

Supporting Kin And The Children They Raise

Washington, DC   |  www.dckincare.org
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DC KinCare Alliance

EIN: 82-1855402


Mission

At DC KinCare Alliance, we seek to achieve a future where all DC children live in safe and stable homes without fear of abuse or neglect. We believe that supporting relative caregivers (often grandmothers) who raise DC children in crisis will help accomplish this goal. We work to support relative caregivers who have opened their homes and hearts to DC’s most vulnerable and at-risk children whose parents are not able to care for them.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Marla Spindel

Deputy Director

Stephanie McClellan

Main address

1101 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 450

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

82-1855402

Subject area info

Community and economic development

Family services

Population served info

Children and youth

Caregivers

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Family Services (P40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DC KinCare Alliance was founded in 2017 to support the legal, financial, and related service needs of relative caregivers (predominantly women) who step up to raise children in their extended families in times of crisis when the children’s parents are not able to care for them due to mental health and substance use disorders, incarceration, death, abuse and neglect, and/or deportation. These relative caregivers are primarily African American women who live in Wards 7 and 8. They often live at or below the poverty line, have a relatively low level of education, and report a significant disability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kin Family Support

Information and referral on legal rights and responsibilities of kin caregivers

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth

Represent relative caregivers to obtain custody and other legal and financial rights to which they are entitled.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth

Advocate for legal rights and financial and other resources for kinship families

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Champion for Children 2020

Child Welfare League of America

Exemplary Kinship Program 2023

Grandfamilies and Kinship Support Network

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of attorney volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Law firm attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance to clients and assist with advocacy initiatives.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Dollar value of donated attorney pro bono services.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023, 2e served 182 relative caregivers raising more than 240 at-risk DC children in 320 legal matters.

Number of cases monitored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This data shows the number of matters for which DC KinCare Alliance provided legal services.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are: (1) to provide free legal representation to relative caregivers to secure their rights to raise at-risk DC children, get them medical care, and obtain the financial benefits to which they are entitled; and (2) to advocate for access to benefits and services as well as additional and fulsome supports for relatives raising these children.

DC KinCare Alliance is the only organization in DC focused solely on serving relative caregivers raising DC’s at-risk children. DC KinCare Alliance’s unique and innovative approach to helping relative caregivers and the at-risk DC children they raise combines support/educational services with legal an advocacy services. No other organization in the country combines both support services and legal/advocacy services together as one solution for relative caregivers. Providing these types of services is the lynchpin for change because education and support can only go so far in certain instances, and providing legal representation and advocacy may be the only avenues to ensure legal rights are protected and enhanced.
DC KinCare Alliance attorneys provide free legal representation to relative caregivers in court as well as free brief legal advice in their communities. This includes representing relatives in custody and other related court cases, assisting relatives with obtaining Custodial Powers of Attorney, and helping with identifying and applying for financial benefits. We also provide free legal advice via our local legal helpline and our weekly walk-in clinic in DC Family Court.
In addition to direct legal help, we conduct Caregiver Raise Me Up Groups at our community partner locations, such as A Wider Circle, THEARCH, and Community of Hope in Southeast DC (Ward 8), and Plaza West Grandfamilies Housing in the Mount Vernon Triangle Neighborhood. At these Groups, we provide information to relative caregivers, families, and their caseworkers about legal and financial rights and options available when raising a DC child. We also distribute our DC Relative Caregiver Resource Guide that provides comprehensive information in a simple and straight-forward format on both the financial and legal rights and responsibilities of relative caregivers raising DC children. This Guide is available in hard copy as well as online, as many relative caregivers do not have access to the internet or know how to use it. We also widely distribute these Guides in community settings, including DC public housing projects, public libraries, community providers, and the courts.
Finally, we advocate for access to and enhances benefits and services through filing impact litigation, advocating with government policy-makers, and testifying before the DC City Council.

We are lawyers with expertise in family law and a wealth of experience in the legal and practical issues facing relative caregivers raising DC's at-risk children in times of crisis. Other organization as well as government decision-makers look to us for advice and guidance in this area.

in 2019, DC KinCare Alliance met its goal of helping 200 relative caregivers raising more than 200 at-risk DC children. We also proposed legislation to expand eligibility for the DC Grandparent Caregiver Program subsidy to other close relatives, as not all relative caregivers are grandparents. The legislation was approved by the DC Council unanimously, and is now available to close relative caregivers. We are currently assisting close relatives in completing the applications to obtain these benefits. Further, in response to increased ICE raids in DC, in the Summer of 2019 we proposed that the Standby Guardianship Act of 2002 be amended to make deportation or other adverse immigration action a “triggering event.” This would allow a parent to designate a standby guardian for a child, not only when s/he anticipates death or incapacity due to illness (triggering events under the 2002 law), but also if s/he anticipates detention or deportation. This amendment allows a parent to safety plan for his or her child in advance of deportation. This is significant because when an ICE raid occurs, there is no time to make these plans. The amendment was enacted unanimously by the DC Council this fall. We are working with the DC Bar Pro Bono Program to update the court forms necessary for families to make standby guardianship designations under the amended law. Finally, this year we worked with the Children’s Law Center to help guide the introduction of a new law to establish an independent Office of Ombudsperson for Child Safety and Well-Being to oversee the operations of the DC Child and Family Services Agency and ensure accountability to the children and families it is tasked to protect.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

DC KinCare Alliance
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 FY 2022 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.07

Average of 2.27 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

4.3

Average of 1.1 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 2% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

DC KinCare Alliance

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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DC KinCare Alliance

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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DC KinCare Alliance

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of DC KinCare Alliance’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $26,295
As % of expenses 8.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $25,838
As % of expenses 7.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $351,038
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $324,743
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 80.9%
Professional fees 2.2%
Occupancy 6.6%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 10.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $325,200
One month of savings $27,062
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $3,039
Total full costs (estimated) $355,301

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 4.3
Months of cash and investments 4.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.3
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $117,643
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,039
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 15.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.9%
Unrestricted net assets $117,599
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $117,599

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Marla Spindel

Marla Spindel is the founder and Executive Director of DC KinCare Alliance. Prior to starting DC Kincare Alliance, Ms. Spindel co-founded the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (“DCVLP”). While at DCVLP, Ms. Spindel managed its Child Advocacy Program for nine years and then acted as Special Counsel, primarily focusing on national and DC child welfare policy. She currently serves on DCVLP’s Advisory Board. Ms. Spindel’s advocacy work at DCVLP led her to establish the DC Kincare Alliance to support kin who care for children. Ms. Spindel served on the DC Superior Court’s DRB Subcommittee, and was instrumental in advocating for and assisting the Court with drafting the Practice Standards for Guardians Ad Litem in Custody and Related Consolidated Cases. In 2020, she received the Child Welfare League of America's Champion for Children Award. Ms. Spindel earned a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.

Deputy Director

Stephanie McClellan

Stephanie McClellan is the co-founder and Deputy Director of DC KinCare Alliance. Prior to starting DC KinCare Alliance, Ms. McClellan volunteered with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project representing at-risk children and domestic violence survivors. She currently practices family law in the District of Columbia. Ms. McClellan was previously a deputy district attorney in California and an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts. She brings over ten years of trial and appellate experience to her advocacy for kinship families. Ms. McClellan earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. magna cum laude from Texas Christian University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

DC KinCare Alliance

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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DC KinCare Alliance

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Donnequa Grantham

Department of Justice

Term: 2023 - 2023

Beth Stekler

Donnequa Grantham

Justice Department

Jenny Brody

BrodyKling LLP

Michelle Brown

Council for Professional Recognition

Crystal McIntosh

Howard University

Samantha Badlam

Ropes & Gray LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/26/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.